How to find and change screen resolutions in Windows 10

You can change the picture quality on the screen by adjusting the resolution characteristics. In Windows 10, the user can choose any available resolution on his own without resorting to using third-party programs.


  • What resolution affects
    • Find out the established permission
    • Find out the native resolution
  • Change Resolution
    • Using system parameters
    • Using the 'Control Panel'
    • Video: How to Set Screen Resolution
  • Resolution changes spontaneously and other problems
    • Alternative way – third party program
    • Adapter configuration
    • Updating drivers

What resolution affects

Screen resolution is the number of horizontal and vertical pixels. The larger it is, the clearer the picture becomes. On the other hand, high resolution creates a serious load on the processor and video card, since more pixels have to be processed and displayed than with low one. Because of this, the computer, if it cannot cope with the load, begins to freeze and give errors. Therefore, it is recommended to lower the resolution to improve the performance of the device.

It is worth considering what resolution is suitable for your monitor. Firstly, each monitor has a bar above which it cannot raise the quality. For example, if the monitor is set to a maximum of 1280×1024, you won't be able to set a higher resolution. Secondly, some formats may appear blurry if they do not fit the monitor. Even if you set a higher, but not suitable resolution, then there will be more pixels, but the picture will only worsen.

Comparison of extensions

Each monitor has its own resolution standards

Typically, as you increase the resolution, all objects and icons become smaller. But this can be fixed by adjusting the size of the icons and elements in the system settings.

If several monitors are connected to the computer, then you will have the opportunity to set a different resolution for each of them.

Find out the established permission

To find out what permission is currently set, just follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on an empty spot on the desktop and select the 'Display settings' line. Go to screen options

    Open the 'Screen Options' section

  2. This shows what resolution is currently set. View the set permission

    Let's see what resolution is set now

Find out the native resolution

If you want to know which resolution is the maximum or the native resolution for the monitor, then there are several options:

  • using the method described above, go to the list of possible resolutions and find the value 'recommended' in it, it is native; View standard definition

    Find out the native screen resolution through the system parameters

  • Find information on the Internet about your device model if you use a laptop or tablet, or monitor model when working on a PC. Usually, more detailed data is provided on the website of the product manufacturer;
  • refer to the instructions and documentation that came with your monitor or device. Perhaps the information you need is on the product box.

Change resolution

There are several ways to change the resolution. You do not need third-party programs to do this, standard tools Windows 10 are enough. After you set a new resolution, the system will show how it will look for 15 seconds, after which a window will appear in which you will need to specify whether to apply the changes or return to the previous settings.

Using system parameters

  1. Open system settings. Go to computer settings

    Open computer settings

  2. Go to the 'System' block. Navigating through system parameters

    Open the 'System' block

  3. Select the 'Display' sub-item. Here you can specify the resolution and scale for the existing screen or set up new monitors. You can change the orientation, but this is only required for non-standard monitors. Screen Adjustment in Computer Settings

    We expose expansion, orientation and scale

Using the 'Control Panel'

  1. Expand 'Control Panel'. Launching 'Control Panel'

    Open the 'Control Panel'

  2. Go to the 'Screen' block. Click on the 'Adjust Screen Resolution' button. Go to screen resolution settings

    Open the item 'Screen Resolution Setting'

  3. Select the monitor you want, its resolution and orientation. The latter should be changed only for non-standard monitors. Setting up the monitor

    Setting monitor parameters

Video: How to Set Screen Resolution

Resolution changes spontaneously and other problems

The resolution can be reset or changed without your consent if the system notices that the set resolution is not supported by the existing monitor. Also, the problem may arise if the HDMI cable is loose or the video card drivers are damaged or not installed.

First of all, you need to check the HDMI cable from the system unit to the monitor. Twist it, make sure the physical part is not damaged.

HDMI cable

Check if the HDMI cable is connected correctly

The next step is to set the permission through an alternative method. If you set the resolution through the system parameters, then do it through the 'Control Panel', and vice versa. There are two more ways: configuring the adapter and a third-party program.

The methods described below can help not only with the problem of auto-changing the resolution, but also in other problem situations related to setting the resolution, such as: lack of a suitable resolution or premature termination of the process.

Alternative way – third party program

There are many third-party programs for setting permission editing, the most convenient and feature-rich of them is Carroll. Download and install it from the developer's official website. After the program starts, select the appropriate resolution and number of bits, which determines the set of colors displayed on the screen.

Setting permission via Carroll

Using Carroll to Set Permission

Adapter configuration

The positive side of this method is that the list of available permissions is much larger than in the standard parameters. In this case, you can select not only the resolution, but also the number of Hz and bits.

  1. Click on the desktop in an empty space with the RMB and select the 'Display settings' section. In the window that opens, go to the properties of the graphics adapter. Running adapter properties

    Opening adapter properties

  2. Click on the 'List of all modes' function. Adapter properties

    Click on the 'List of all modes' button

  3. Select the appropriate one and save the changes. Setting permission through adapter properties

    Select the resolution, Hz and the number of bits

Updating drivers

Since the display of a picture on the monitor screen directly depends on the video card, resolution problems sometimes arise due to its damaged or uninstalled drivers. To install, update or replace them, just follow these steps:

  1. Expand Device Manager by right-clicking on the Start menu and selecting the appropriate item. Go to Device Manager

    Open the device manager

  2. Find the video card or video adapter in the general list of connected devices, select it and click on the driver update icon. Updating video card drivers

    We update the drivers of the video card or video adapter

  3. Select automatic or manual mode and complete the update process. In the first case, the system will independently find the necessary drivers and install them, but this method does not always work. Therefore, it is better to use the second option: download the required file with new drivers from the official website of the video card developer in advance, and then indicate the path to it and finish the procedure. Choosing an update method

    Choosing one of the possible ways to update drivers

You can also use a driver update utility, which is usually provided by the company that released your video card or video adapter. Look for it on the manufacturer's official website, but keep in mind that not all firms are concerned about creating such a program.

In Windows 10, you can find out and change the set resolution through the adapter parameters, 'Control Panel' and system parameters. An alternative option is to use a third-party program. Do not forget to update your video card drivers to avoid problems with displaying the image and select the correct resolution so that the image does not appear blurry.

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